More new buses coming soon for the Lift transit system |

More new buses coming soon for the Lift transit system

The Lift, Fraser and Winter Park's free transit service, began its spring season of operation this week.

Just as the Lift prepares for its summer season beginning this week, the Winter Park-based transit system announced the addition of two new buses to its already growing fleet.

The town of Winter Park recently received a $480,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation for vehicle replacement. That will go to fund the purchase of a new low-floor transit bus, and a new shuttle bus to be used for paratransit service.

With the cost of one new bus covered by the CDOT grant, the two new buses have been ordered and will be delivered in early 2019. Like the new buses that arrived in March, the vehicles will have low floors, ergonomic seats, and modern lighting.

Growing the Lift has become a top priority for the town of Winter Park over the past few years, according to transit manager Michael Koch. Because of a voter-approved sales tax dedicated to the transit system, the town is able to meet the match requirement to receive capital improvement grants.

Many of the Lift buses are due for replacement, and “this will help ensure that the Lift has a strong fleet to meet the needs of Fraser Valley residents and visitors,” according to Koch.

While almost half-a-million riders use the service in the winter, only about 30,000 used it last summer (May through mid-November). That means service is reduced to one line, and the number of active drivers employed by First Transit, who is contracted to run operations and maintenance for Winter Park, drops from about 55 to five.

To accommodate summer traffic, the Lift service will be increased starting Thursday, June 14. Every Thursday to Sunday until Sept. 3, the bus will be operating half-hour service between 3 p.m. and midnight.

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